New Canaan Wins ‘Most Generous Town’ Award, Gets Golden Turkey Trophy

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New Canaan edged out Darien in the second annual competition between community foundations for the title of “Most Generous Town.” The two towns collectively raised more than $150,000, with New Canaan edging out Darien by a margin of a few thousand dollars. Residents in Darien and New Canaan supported either the New Canaan Community Foundation or the Community Fund of Darien to help their town win the title. Donations came in between the Turkey Bowl on Thanksgiving, and Giving Tuesday – a six-day span that included online and mobile giving, as well as events held at local stores and restaurants. “We could not be more pleased — our two towns more than doubled their giving from last year’s inaugural event,” Lauren Patterson, president & CEO of the New Canaan Community Foundation, said in a news release. “We are all winners in this friendly competition, giving back to our communities.”

Funds raised will support local nonprofit organizations, touching a range of programs from the arts to seniors, human services to behavioral health, the environment and much more.

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Darien, New Canaan to Compete in ‘Most Generous Town’ Giving Tuesday Award

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For the second year in a row, Darien and New Canaan will face-off to see which town can capture the title of “Most Generous Town” by raising the most funds for either The Community Fund of Darien or the New Canaan Community Foundation. — an announcement from the Community Fund of Darien (captions from

Last year, Darien won by a slim margin, and both organizations collectively raised nearly $70,000 to support local non-profits. This year, the competition window extends from the Turkey Bowl on Thanksgiving Day until midnight on Giving Tuesday, Nov. 27. Donors can contribute to The Community Fund of Darien by texting 06820 to 44321 during this time period or by visiting any time of year.